Rainer Wess Gruner Veltliner , 2016

Rainer Wess Gruner Veltliner , 2016

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The Wachau region is located in the Danube Valley, west of Vienna. It is one of the oldest and most unique wine regions of Europe. Stone terraces, rising up from the Danube into the region’s ancient, fortified hills, typify the landscape. The narrow Wachau Valley is only 20 miles long, and its wine-growing district covers only half of the area. It is the westernmost – and therefore the highest and coolest – wine region of Austria. By tradition, Grüner Veltliner and Riesling vines are cultivated on the same soils across the vineyards.Rainer Wess founded his own winery in 2003 after many years of diverse experience in the wine trade in both his native Austria and internationally. Rainer’s goal was to produce Grüner Veltliner and Riesling wines that would not only be among the best of the region, but also express his very personal style and philosophy. He aims to produce the purest, freshest and most elegant wines possible, with clear expressions of the varietal and site. For his Grüner Veltliner, Rainer Wess uses fruit from two areas: the 5 hectare vineyard next to his winery in Krems and from several lower-slope sites in the Wachau towns of Unterloiben and Dürnstein. The warmer soils of these vineyards, composed of loam and silt (aka loess), gives a round, bright and juicy style of Grüner that is the perfect introduction to the Wess style. It is aged in tank and bottled and released in January. The fruit is picked by hand and brought to the winery in small plastic crates, where undergoes a gentle pressing. Wess vinifies in small batches to ensure full control over the process and the full, individual expression of each varietal and site. When the alcoholic fermentation is complete, Wess racks the wine off its gross lees; this is the only racking that is performed. He then allows the wines to rest on their fine lees – thereby enhancing their complexity and richness -- until bottling in the Spring after harvest. A medium-bodied wine, with expressive citrus, stone fruit and minerals. Finishes long and crisp.

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